You say toe-MAY-toe, I say toe-MAH-toe, it doesn’t matter how you say it, they are the one vegetable that everyone in this area waits on every year for that ultimate summer sandwich. This Saturday, August 15, The State Street Farmers Market is going to give everyone an opportunity to try out some of the different tomatoes being grown locally. “For as long as the hot from the oven biscuits last they will be served with a big slice of tomato with or without the mayo. Tomato Fest begins at 9 a.m.” said Mike Musick, a Parks and Recreation Superintendent. “This is one of our most attended events we have each year. The tomato biscuits are free. Try one, if you like the tomato go to the sponsoring farmer and pick up a few to take home and make your own.”
The tomato is actually a vegetable. The question of whether a tomato is a fruit or a vegetable actually made it all the way to the United States Supreme Court in 1893. The purpose of that ruling was for the Tariff Act. However, by scientific standards the tomato is a fruit, technically, botanically if has seeds it is a fruit.
“Call it what you will, there is a huge variety of tomatoes at the farmers market right now. So if you are looking to make some fresh salsa, or can tomatoes for the winter, or just have that southern favorite, the tomato sandwich, make sure and stop by this weekend,” Musick continued.
The State Street Farmers Market is located in the Downtown Center at 810 State Street, Bristol, Tennessee. The market is open on Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 12 Noon and Wednesdays from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. For more information contact Mike Musick at 423-764-4023 or email [email protected]
To find out more about the market go to www.statestreetfarmersmarket.com or like the market on Facebook and see what is at the market each Wednesday and Saturday.